perhaps this is an unpopular subject in these forums. perhaps i’m just avoidant and don’t want to think that complications from diabetes can actually happen to me. I wonder if others have thoughts/experiences to share about this:
i had an annual eye exam last week, and when the doctor was taking longer than usual, with more magnifying thingies, I thought “ok, this isn’t good”. she said there are “changes” since last year, and added “well, I can see more of the diabetes”. who knew you could “see” diabetes? anyhow… then she said she wanted me to see a retinologist in 6 months, rather than wait my usual year to see her again.
I’m freaking…a little. I asked her about intervention, and she said it’s essentially too early. Great. So now it’s a sit-and-wait-for-things-to-get-worse scenario. When I said, “well, what can I do about it now?” she said (and I hate when they say this), “well, you really ought to try to bring down your A1c” which, had she looked, is actually the lowest it’s ever been at 6.1 (coincidentally brought down to this level in the year within which I apparently developed these “changes” in my eye).
I’d love some feedback from others about this and other complications, and how to handle “paying” now for things in the diabetes past. I’ve had diabetes 28-plus years, and she did say some of it is a function of duration of diabetes, but… sadly, when it comes to looking “complications” square in the eye, I do tend to focus on the worst possible scenarios…